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                 === Tide start slow, then pummel Kentucky ===
 
 Lexington,  KY (SportsNetwork.com)  - Nick  Saban doesn't  just want  wins, he
 wants quality wins.
 
 Alabama  didn't  have that consistency  in a mistake-filled first quarter, but
 Saban's  Crimson  Tide  rolled  the  rest  of the  way  en  route  to  a  48-7
 pummeling of Kentucky.
 
 T.J.  Yeldon and Kenyan Drake each ran for a pair of touchdowns for top-ranked
 Alabama  (6-0, 3-0 SEC). Yeldon carried the ball 16 times for 124 yards, while
 Drake  added  106 yards on  14 totes for the  Crimson Tide, who have outscored
 their  opponents  149-16 in four  games since  narrowly defeating Texas A&M on
 Sept. 14.
 
 A.J.  McCarron  completed 21-of-35  passes for  359 yards  and a touchdown and
 Kevin Norwood caught four passes for 81 yards and a score in the triumph.
 
 "We got some work to do still but at the same time our offense and defense did
 great," McCarron said.
 
 Alabama,  which  improved to  36-2-1 all-time  against Kentucky, outgained the
 overmatched Wildcats, 668-170.
 
 Raymond  Sanders  had 72  yards rushing  and Maxwell Smith  was 7-of-16 for 76
 yards and a touchdown for Kentucky (1-5, 0-3), which has dropped four straight
 games.
 
 "Not  our  best effort tonight. That's  one heck of a football team," Kentucky
 head coach Mark Stoops said.
 
 Alabama  dropped a  pair of  sure touchdown  passes and  Drake fumbled  at the
 Kentucky 23 during a scoreless opening frame.
 
 "We need to improve and try to dominate the competition," Saban said. "I think
 we  did that tonight,  but I also thought we made a lot of mistakes. We turned
 the ball over a couple times, dropped some passes. If you want to be the best,
 you can't be satisfied with that"
 
 The Crimson Tide, though, turned it on soon thereafter.
 
 Cade  Foster's  25-yard field goal early  in the second opened the scoring and
 after  Christion  Jones returned a punt  30 yards to the Kentucky 43, McCarron
 connected  with  Norwood for 42  yards. Drake plunged in  a play later for the
 score.
 
 Following  a  Kentucky three-and-out,  Yeldon capped  a 12-play, 88-yard march
 with  a 24-yard TD  run. After the Wildcats were again forced to punt in three
 plays,  Drake  ran it in from  a yard out with  24 seconds left in the half to
 finish  off a  6-play, 70-yard sequence to give the Crimson Tide a comfortable
 24-0 advantage heading into the locker room.
 
 Yeldon's  34-yard run  and Amari Cooper's 42-yard reception led to a Yeldon 1-
 yard TD run to conclude Alabama's initial possession of the third.
 
 The  Crimson Tide hadn't allowed a touchdown since their win against Texas A&M
 until Smith fired a 30-yard TD pass to Javess Blue with 7:05 left in the third
 to get the Wildcats within 31-7.
 
 Foster  split the  uprights from  20  yards out  late in  the third,  McCarron
 flipped  a  20-yard score  to Norwood  early in the  fourth and Altee Tenpenny
 scampered in from seven yards out with 1:41 left to cap the scoring.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Alabama  was 10-of-14  on third down, while Kentucky finished 2-of-12 in those
 situations  ...  Alabama totaled 299 yards  rushing on 44 carries ... Kentucky
 has lost 14 straight contests against ranked opponents.
 
 10/13 02:46:23 ET

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